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  1. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    There are certain basics. Low budget, high budget aren't the issue. What does matter is having the information on the film to begin with. And in this case, all three exposures need to be balanced in...
  2. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    What if a person actually sees some qualitative potential in this? A half-baked approach means they're just going to have to start all over at some point. A lot of time and money will just be wasted...
  3. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    There's nothing armchair quarterback about it if someone actually knows what they're talking about. For decades people spent entire careers doing color separations. Off-brand film is going to cost...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    I've never thought of his how-to manuals as exactly inspiring writing, but he certainly could produce poetic phrases as well as poetic images when he was determined to do so. Sorta an esthete of a...
  5. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    Precisely the opposite - I'm giving firm clues how to make it EASIER using correct tools. Sure you can fix a bicycle with a pipe wrench; but that's how you strip bolts too. Even PS curve correction...
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    Re: Ansel Adam's books...what version??

    Still too complicated. How the heck do you know what paper you even like till you've done some printing already? I work with multiple papers, multiple kinds of films, several developers, multiple...
  7. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    Are you implying that it is just fine for Haha results? That would be logical. Sure you can do that. You can drive around with three flat tires on a car too, but it won't be very efficient. I...
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    My own prints are quite different. They tend to look extremely sharp. But actually there are subtle differences between what is in fact in acute focus, and what is slightly not, deliberately leading...
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    Yep, the whole point of learning all the rules to begin with is that it becomes the basis to thoughtfully break every one of them afterwards, but not necessarily all at the same time. I could kick...
  10. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    Just some odd n' ends on Ebay, not the necessary filter turret itself. No sense paying for any of that. You can get something equivalent new from Edmund or rig one up yourself. But that's just if...
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    Re: DOF on 8x10 vs. 4x5?

    Nobody is ignoring the physics. But a lot of people ignore that it's a pair of eyes that are final arbiter of such things. What are you trying to achieve? If you want a 30X40 inch print, that's...
  12. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    Like I just stated, we're talking about two entirely different things. Anyone who has looked at the results of an accomplished printmaker knows the difference. I'm kinda stuck in another gear at the...
  13. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    I think you'd discover a staggering qualitative difference between what optimized film protocol can do and simply winging it and trying to bully it in PS afterwards. Neither approach is necessarily...
  14. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    It's not so easy to get balanced exposures; the filters differ. You either have to fiddle with the aperture and risk differences of depth of field between exposures, or risk getting into recip...
  15. Re: Backpack for Arca Swiss f line 4x5 171x171?

    No different that packing a Sinar or any other monorail system, which I've commented on so many times before that there's no sense elaborating here.
  16. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    Digi and film are quite different in this respect, with an appropriate film having much greater linearity. But it takes a LOT more than a few sheets of film to learn the ropes.
  17. Re: Has anyone here done three-color photography on B/W with a Speed Graphic or simil

    It takes quite a bit of work up front, and a lot of time making densitometer plots, to learn how to do truly balanced separation negatives. Then, unless you're just winging it for fun (which some...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    One more argument just to throw ALL of our lenses and film away and convert to Photoshop. Who needs anything real anymore?
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    No. But it is appropriate to use such a lens with falsely branded film.
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    Well, there were seemingly some incidental lenses here and there, for sure. But I was operating in construction supplies distribution where tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    What if it had been labeled, "Rodenschlok, Gemanie", Bob? Would you bother to ask if there was any connection?
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    Of course it's fake if even the lettering is fake. At the very least, it was being deceptively marketed at the time. If they just wanted to clean up and resell the real thing, why not do it the same...
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    Re: Marble caverns

    Enjoy your trip. It sounds like a wonderful destination. It's been nearly 30 now since I equipped a family member with camera gear for his first direct ascent of the face of Cerro Escudo in Paine -...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    I see cheap printing on that thing that reminds me exactly of a mere simple generic step ring that proved worthless, and even the black anodizing was fake and rubbed off; the threads didn't fit. In...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    They just call it Fakeritis. Not all that much worse than arthritis.
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    Re: Marble caverns

    Sounds fun. I think something like a Sinar Handy equipped with a 6X12 roll film back might be an interesting option in this case. I'd be more likely to research if there are places with a little...
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    Re: Marble caverns

    I thought Carrarra Lake was on the border with Argentina, the side it's mainly accessed from. Yes, the Paine Range is too. My next door neighbor came from that part of Argentina. I'm afraid it will...
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    Re: Fake Schneider lens?

    Never ever underestimate the ability of the Chinese to make knock-offs. The good ones are even stamped and labeled perfectly (doesn't mean the quality is equal). Before I retired, I saw piles of this...
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    Re: Marble caverns

    This is in a different area, Vaughn. But I was reminded of the Patagonian winds yesterday. Kinda odd this time of year, but trees were toppling. I have a huge araucaria (monkey puzzle) tree. These...
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    Re: Darkroom in construction, finishing

    Nice of you to post your progress. While I happen to enjoy the same type of music, I prefer total quiet in the darkroom itself.
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    Re: Marble caverns

    The boat will no doubt be bobbing up and down somewhat. My brother successfully did difficult 4x5 handheld shots in bouncy environments using a Super Technika technical camera equipped with a Gyro...
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    Re: Vacuum sealing film?

    Zip Loc bags are not sufficient by themselves. You can buy a simple food freezing kit for around $100 or perhaps less which has a heated/vac strip device that draws the air out of the bag just before...
  33. Re: Using VC Filters in Super Chromega E Dichroic II

    Why ???? With a functional colorhead you've already got something way better and more convenient for VC printing than supplementary sheet filters. It won't take long to re-learn.
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    Re: Best large tent?

    There was a nice documentary the other night about Paleontologists on Baffin Island. Looks like they were using big Hilleburg Nano tents - large enough for even polar bears to come in for a...
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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    I've successfully shot it at higher speeds resting on a jacket atop a car roof "sniper" style. But I prefer to bolt it directly to the platform top of the Ries without any intervening tripod head...
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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    Totally different style. For the P67 equipped with a 300 lens I necessarily use the same larger Ries tripod and external-frame backpack as for 8x10 work. I had a limited budget and had to make a...
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    Re: Finally got a "Texas Leica"!

    I've done a few trips exclusively with the GS690II. Got a lot of nice shots I otherwise wouldn't due to the rapid ease of use good depth of field, and not needing to worry about any different...
  38. Re: Travelers: New X-ray machines WILL ruin your film

    They could always hypothetically have a low-dose X-Ray unit on hand to see into such things; doubt they'd bother. Last thing I'd ever want is someone opening a box and actually handling sheet film,...
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    Re: Filters for B&W

    One really only needs a few filters to get started. I often take long trips with only two contrast filters; never a polarizer. It's easy to overcomplicate this topic. Take your best educated guess,...
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    Re: Filters for B&W

    I exclusively use multicoated round thread-on glass filters in the field, or single-coated if it's the only option in a particular tint I need yet still high quality. They last longer than other...
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